Breaking News: IEMA and GASCO to Merge
IEMA, the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment, the association for environment and sustainability professionals around the globe, is to acquire the Global Association of Corporate Sustainability Officers (GACSO).
IEMA, with members in 90 countries, will take over the running and development of GACSO from next month, incorporating their membership of leading sustainability professionals into IEMA's existing membership of 15,100. IEMA already has ambitious plans to accelerate its offer to Corporate Sustainability professionals, with its own Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) network.
GACSO is a community of corporate professionals who pride themselves on saying that they "live and breathe sustainable development", representing established and aspiring sustainability professionals. Its founders, having been impressed by the strength of IEMA's membership and its "passion and enthusiasm", are allowing IEMA ro take over the operation and development of GACSO from April 2014.
IEMA will incorporate the current membership of leading individuals working in sustainability roles for some of the world's best-known brands such as Coca Cola, KPMG and HSBC, into its existing membership of 15,100.
Speaking about the growth of the IEMA group, IEMA's CEO Tim Balcon (right) said: "This is a really important and exciting move, both for IEMA and GACSO members, who will soon be a united force. IEMA will prove to be a natural home for those working at the strategic end of sustainability and I guarantee that it will enhance IEMA's network of senior professionals.
Commenting on the merger, GACSO co-founder Dr Alan Knight (below right) said: "Our Board are unanimous in their view that IEMA can and will offer the best mix of preserving the identity and 'one world' ethos of GACSO, the strong knowledge-sharing heritage we have developed, while allowing for the most rapid evolution to a professional membership model for Corporate Sustainability practitioners".
In response, Tim Balcon said that he saw "massive potential for the future of GACSO as a membership and as a brand, and I guarantee that it will benefit from being powered by IEMA at a time when organisations around the globe are finally switching on to the intrinsic value of Environment & Sustainability Professionals."
The organisation will remain independent and international, gathering members' views and experience to deliver evidence to Governments, information to business, inspiration to employers and great stories to the media that demonstrate how to transform the world to sustainability. It will represent and support its individual members, not corporations.